Skåne, the most southern region in Sweden, you can admire and shop Scandinaviandesign in all its forms, from small scale local designers to bigger brands and from neighbouring Nordic countries.  Here is a list of musts for design lovers. Most of the stores are found in Malmö, the largest town in Skåne, but there are hidden gems in the smaller towns and in the countryside. 

Formargruppen

Formargruppen

In the centre of Malmö by the Lilla Torg square is this shop and a gallery. Run and owned by a cooperative of local craftsmen and artists, Formargruppen showcases a range of constantly changing products with a focus on high quality and handmade art and appliances.
There’s everything from hand printed textiles and ceramics to glass art and silver jewellery Although all artists have their own style and expression, typical Scandinavian light and purity shows through.

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Blå station

Blå station

Swedish furniture brand Blå Station is in the picturesque town of Åhus on the east coast of Skåne. This family owned company was formed in 1986 by Börge Lindau, with a desire to put the furniture he loved for into production. The result is a varied but coherent line of modern furniture, centered around birch and stainless steel.

Blå Station has continued to produce cutting edge furniture rooted in the Scandinavian design tradition. The showroom in Åhus occupies an old sewing factory. All furniture is produced in Sweden.

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Form/Design Center

Form/Design Center

In the middle of Malmö and a few steps from the busy Lilla Torg square is this hub for all kinds of Scandinavian design. Different exhibitions show a variety of ideas and projects from the field of design and architecture, urban planning and interior design to crafts, fashion and illustrations.

The Centre offers a program of lectures, workshops and seminars, and aims to be meeting point for designers, academics, trade people and the public.

The cosy café serves a large selection of Swedish and International design periodicals as well as tea, coffee and delicious cakes and sandwiches. The shop sells some of the best of modern Scandinavian design and gems by local artists and designers.

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Marimekko

Marimekko

Founded in 1951, the colourful graphic fabrics from Finnish Marimekko still carry that retro vibe while feeling 100% classic and contemporary. The light and inspiring Marimekko store in the middle of Malmö sells everything from the Finnish fashion range to textiles by the metre. The shop is just a stone’s throw away from the cosy Lilla Torg square and offers an explosion of colours, prints and patterns.

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Norrgavel

Norrgavel

Located in central Malmö, this Swedish interior design store has a focus on sustainability and organic production. Unique designs are characterized by simplicity and functionality, epitomizing the essence of Scandinavian design.

The company describes its values as humanistic, existential and organic. Norrgavel aims to change the way we look at furniture. All furniture is made from natural materials and are certified as organic.

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Designtorget

Designtorget

Designtorget is a Swedish chain of concept stores focused on new and talented designers. Find a wide range of interesting interior design with an emphasis on smaller items and gifts. Designtorget in Malmö is on the main pedestrian street.

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Svenssons i Lammhult

Svenssons i Lammhult

Svenssons i Lammhult is a Swedish furniture manufacturer that has been in business for over 100 years. Its large stores sell renowned classics with a focus on Scandinavian design. Svenssons i Lammhult is in the centre of Malmö, a short walk from the Central Station. Thousands of square metres are filled with the best of Scandinavian furniture.

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About Scandinavian design

Simplicity. Light. Minimalism. Functionality. The Scandinavian design movement that emerged in the 1950s stems from all five Nordic countries and has spread all over the world. It represents an aesthetic that is perceived as timeless.  Vintage objects from the 50s are sought-after. 

Many of the brands from the 50s are still in production today. The idea that beautiful, functional everyday objects should be affordable to everyone lies at the core of this movement.  The ideological background to this new paradigm was the emergence of Scandinavian form of social democracy of this era. Combined with new and cheaper materials being It made a new kind of mass production possible.   

 

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